The Man Who Spoke SnakishPaperback - 2015
"Set in a fantastical version of medieval Estonia, [this book] follows a young boy, Leemet, who lives with his hunter-gatherer family in the forest and is the last speaker of the ancient tongue of Snakish, a language that allows its speakers to command all animals. But the forest is gradually emptying as more and more people leave to settle in villages, where they break their backs tilling the land to grow wheat for their 'bread' (which Leemet has been told tastes horrible) and where they pray to a god very different from the spirits worshipped in the forest's sacred grove"--Cover flap.
Publisher: New York : Black Cat, 
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 442 pages ; 21 cm